Welcome to Sarien.net,
the portal for reliving the classic Sierra On-Line adventure games. With its focus on instant fun and a unique multiplayer experience, Sarien.net hopes to win new gamers' hearts and promote the adventure game genre. Available currently: Leisure Suit Larry 1, Police Quest 1, and Space Quest 1.
posted by spec80
on Apr 20, 2009 -
Beyond even the outrageously broad "state secrets" privilege invented by the Bush administration and now embraced fully by the Obama administration, the Obama DOJ has now invented a brand new claim of government immunity, one which literally asserts that the U.S. Government is free to intercept all of your communications (calls, emails and the like) and -- even if what they're doing is blatantly illegal and they know it's illegal -- you are barred from suing them unless they "willfully disclose" to the public what they have learned.
- Glenn Greenwald
. [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese
on Apr 7, 2009 -
announced today, it will open a small number of stores to compete directly against Apple. Some think it's a dubious
idea. "In a statement, Microsoft said the first priority of Mr. Porter, who is also a 25-year veteran of Wal-Mart, will be to define where to place the Microsoft stores and when to open them."
posted by Xurando
on Feb 13, 2009 -
The Wired Vaporware Awards
, an institution since 1999
has taken some heavy hits
this year, and has had to resort to some pretty naked padding to make a list (products in late beta whose release date has merely slipped? come on) – however, if there is anything that remains constant in these uncertain times we live in it is that one game
rules the list, debuting in the No 2. slot in 2000
, it then latched on to the top spot, with only editorial edict
able to to shift it. Ladies and gentlemen, Duke Nukem - FOREVER
posted by Artw
on Dec 29, 2008 -
Mac Vs. PC
. Inspired by Transformers
, this short visual effects piece shows us what would happen if our home computers could turn into robots and started beating each other up.
posted by Effigy2000
on Dec 22, 2008 -
The coming memristor revolution in electronics and how it works.
The newly created memristor, only the fourth fundamental fundamental type of passive circuit element, has the promise of computing advances both prosaic (faster, cheaper and "bigger" flash drives) and momentous (relatively effortless mimicry of brain cells and their activity). This is the story of the memristor's genesis, told by R. Stanley Williams, the leader of the team that created the device. [more inside]
posted by NortonDC
on Dec 7, 2008 -
Evidence of a Global SuperOrganism.
"My hypothesis is this: The rapidly increasing sum of all computational devices in the world connected online, including wirelessly, forms a superorganism of computation with its own emergent behaviors." [Via]
posted by homunculus
on Oct 26, 2008 -
Google rolls out Mail Goggles
, designed to prevent drunk or otherwise impaired emailing by forcing you to answer basic math questions. And no, it's not April 1st.
posted by mattholomew
on Oct 7, 2008 -
You may have never heard of Kane Kramer, but it's likely you use the product and online store he patented. In 1979
posted by mattholomew
on Sep 9, 2008 -
PC game Spore
was released yesterday. The 'Sim Everything' game from the creator of Sim City and The Sims takes the player from cellular growth to space colonization with several stages in between. Reviews are in
, and the consensus is that it's good but not as legendary as its scope (and multi-year development cycle) would suggest. The game's 'draconian' DRM has sparked controversy, causing Amazon users to bomb it with one-star reviews
posted by mattholomew
on Sep 8, 2008 -
is a unique search engine for science videos focusing on Physics, Chemistry, and Space. For example, things
to do with sulfur hexafluoride
. Still growing, the editors are presently indexing other scientific fields of study including Geology, Psychology, Robotics and Computers. Ever wonder why things go bang
posted by netbros
on Aug 7, 2008 -
The Anonymity Experiment
. Is it possible to hide in plain sight? Privacy-minded people have long warned of a world in which an individual’s every action leaves a trace, in which corporations and governments can peer at will into your life with a few keystrokes on a computer. Now one of the people in charge of information-gathering for the U.S. government says, essentially, that such a world has arrived.
posted by amyms
on Feb 16, 2008 -
has quickly become the number one Linux distro
for the desktop. Not only is it free, but it has also made Linux easier to use than ever. Now, Wubi
enables Windows users
to install Ubuntu just like any other application, so you no longer have to mess around with partitions, burning CDs, etc. [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis
on Jan 21, 2008 -
Triumph of the Nerds
is a 1996 three-part documentary recounting the rise of the personal computer, including interviews with Gates, Wozniak and Jobs, among others. It was originally produced for British television, and aired on PBS in the USA. Part One
. Part Two
. Part Three
. Transcripts here
. After you watch, you can play the "Guess the Computer"
posted by amyms
on Sep 29, 2007 -
"How I Became A Programmer"
veers between linear biography and brain dump. The piece meanders through its theme, stopping along the way to flirt with word origins, family politics, the senior prom, Japan, airlines and military recruitment. Reading it, I felt trapped inside inside an extremely quirky -- yet recognizable (in a too-close-for-comfort way) -- mind. About half the time I yearned to tell him that he needs an editor; the other half, I was grateful that he didn't have one. Mostly, I'm amazed he HAD a date to the senior prom!
posted by grumblebee
on Aug 18, 2007 -
The How-To Geek
provides hints and tips for a variety of operating systems and popular pieces of software. The how-tos cover a pleasing range of head-slapping I-should-have-known-thats to relatively advanced techniques. Follow the latest
page to read the site in blog form.
posted by nthdegx
on Jul 8, 2007 -